Gelert's grave walk

Walking trail

The walk will give you an insight into why Beddgelert became popular with early travel writers such as Thomas Pennant and artists such as JMW Turner.

Gelert's stone monument at Beddgelert


Map route for Gelert's grave walk


Footbridge over the River Glaslyn, south of the village centre. Grid ref: SH595485


Turn right before the footbridge over the River Glaslyn and follow the designated footpath. To your right is the church of St Mary.

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Follow the path along the River Glaslyn and turn right along the path. The 'clawdd' or boundary that follows part of the route is probably one of the earliest boundaries. It's a prominent feature in the landscape and tells us about the traditional skills and land management methods used centuries ago. Today it's also an important haven for plants and wildlife.


Turn left along the path and cross the field. You'll arrive at the stone monument of Gelert's grave.

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Continue along the path to Beudy Buarth Gwyn where inside you'll see a bronze cast of Gelert. The path will now lead you back to the river bank. Keep an eye out for the dipper as it dives for food in the river, and the herons waiting patiently. Cross a tributary over a small footbridge and you'll see ahead a wooded island in the River Glaslyn called Ynys Dol-leian.


The name Ynys Dol-leian (nun's meadow island) gives an indication to the presence of an ancient Chrisitan community in Beddgelert at one time. The river Glaslyn is an important spawning river for salmon and this is illustrated by the gate which you'll walk through here. Follow the river bank until you arrive at a footbrige crossing the river Glaslyn.

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Cross the river along the footbridge. This footbridge replaces the old railway bridge that closed in the 1990s. A few hundred metres downstream from here is the spectacular gorge of Aberglaslyn Pass. Follow the path as it doubles back along the other opposite bank of the river Glaslyn. On the right, high above you, is Craig y Llan that was covered in the evasive Rhododendron ponticum until a few years ago.


Following the river back towards the village of Beddgelert you'll come to another gate set in the wall. Using locally sourced wood the steam train image made of copper reflects the copper mining heritage of the area and the link with the Welsh Highland Railway.


You'll now be nearing the end of the walk and will pass through the last gate which again is made using locally sourced wood. The gate reflects the carvings that can be found inside the local church. As you re-enter the village you'll pass the picnic site at Cae Gel. This was created to commemorate Alfred Bestall who illustrated the famous Rupert the Bear cartoons and who lived in a nearby cottage.


Footbridge over the River Glaslyn, south of the village centre. Grid ref: SH595485

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Gelert's grave walk


The defined footpath along the river bank and to Gelert's grave is suitable for all including pushchairs and wheelchairs. Dogs are welcome, please keep on lead.

Gelert's grave walk

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How to get here

Beddgelert, LL55 4YA
By train

By train: Train station at Rhyd Ddu 4 miles (6.5km), Betws-y-Coed 17 miles (27km) and Bangor 20 miles (32km)

By road
By car: post code LL55 4
From Betws-y-Coed: Take the A5 towards Capel Curig. At Capel Curig, turn left into the A4086 (signed Beddgelert) continue on this road. At the Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel the road bears left into the A498, continue on this road down past Nant Gwynant and into the village of Beddgelert
From Blaenau Ffestiniog: Follow the signs to Penrhyndeudraeth. At Penrhyndeudraeth, turn right into the A4085 (signed Beddgelert). At the T junction, turn right onto A498. This road will take you to Beddgelert
By bus

By bus: Sherpa bus service for Snowdon (check Gwynedd county council). Regular bus service to Beddgelert (check Traveline Cymru)

By bicycle

By Cycle: Cycle route number 8 is in the area, not leading to Craflwyn or Beddgelert directly, so follow on-road routes (which can be busy at times)

Gelert's grave walk

Facilities and access

  • There are no National Trust toilets in Beddgelert. There are public toilets on narrow lane past Ty Isaf siop near the bridge.
  • National Park Tourist Information in Beddgelert centre - Steps to entrance, ramp available.
  • There are no National Trust car parks in Beddgelert, the nearest are a Craflwyn (1 mile) and Nantmor (2 miles)
  • Dogs are welcome in Snowdonia in general, but please keep them under control and on a lead around livestock